1985 oil on canvas 30. 5 x 40.6 cm (12 x 16 in.) signed and dated lower left PROVENANCE Property of a Private Collector, New York EXHIBITED Grand Central Art Galleries, New York (label on verso) Chen Danqing was born in 1953 in Shanghai, China. Three years after the Cultural Revolution began, at the age of 16, Chen was sent to the countryside of South Jiangxi Province for 5 years. In 1978, he was admitted to the master's program at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, and in 1982 he left for the United States to establish his career in New York. It was during this time in the 1980s that Chen Danqing began his series of paintings of Tibetans, influenced by the realist style of the 19th Century French artist Jean Francois Millet.